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project 1: iteration a spatial composition arc 394 spring 2010 syracuse university
Architecture as the end result of process. The project is based on a series of explorations of the orthogonal structure of the square, first in two, then in three dimensions. Using the four square and nine square systems as a â€œkit of parts,â€? special attention is paid to proportion, symmetry, and the organizational system of the composition. Through a variety of operations, a parti is found and refined. The goal is the creation of a plan which contains ambiguity between figure and ground. Rather than actual architectural design, addressing human activity, the goal in mind is an architectonic composition with a clear organizing idea, which is assessed for its formal and spatial qualities more so than anything else. The end result is a final architectonic model which demonstrates a clear system of proportion and rhythm as well as an ambiguous relationship between mass and space.
Above: Nine square grid template Opposite: Study model detail shot
Above: 2D taxonomy studies Opposite: 3D taxonomy studies
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Above: Final study model Opposite, clockwise from lower left: Final plan Final elevation Axonometric diagram
project 2: abstraction abstract material studies arc 564 fall 2010 syracuse university
Facture, or the presence of the making. Completed as part of a drawing course involving a series of studies which focus on a variety of issues related to architecture. These abstract exercises encourage experimentation with media and materials, as well as foster an understanding of the roles of connection, marking, proportion, and operations in creating a composition. As the studies progressed, new materials and methods of marking and composition were explored. Transparency, layering, surface, and texture were just some of the concepts touched upon in the process. Throughout the process, a balance between intuition and rationality was emphasized and ultimately realized.
Above: Basic material studies, charcoal on bristol Opposite: Final material study, charcoal on bristol
Above: Motif studies, mixed media on trace Opposite: Final motif study, mixed media on trace
Above: Texture/surface studies, mixed media Opposite: Final texture/surface relief, mixed media on foam
project 3: interpolation a house for two clients cambridge, ma career discovery 2010 harvard gsd
Two different lifestyles, one architectural solution. For the Smiths and the Jones, two retired couples living together, the goal was to provide distinctive living quarters for each couple while preserving public space and the opportunity for interaction. For Fields and Corner, a young professional couple that shares a love of film, the goal was provide a house that would act as a setting for their own daily performances. For them, banal home life is infused with melodrama. These two distinct narratives are resolved through the act of wrapping. In each case, this architectural move is utilized to create different relationships between public and private.
Above: Formal operation study model Opposite: Ware St. facade
Smiths + Jones
Left: Primary massing elements diagram Below, top to bottom: Axonometric per client Basic parti diagram
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Feilds + Corner Left, top to bottom: House as film collage Perspective collage
Below, top to bottom: Axonometric per client Basic parti diagram
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key: 1. bathroom 2. private living/office 3. living room 4. bedroom
5. bedroom 6. bathroom 7. dining area 8. kitchen 9. lower library
10. screening/ living room 11. office 12. upper library 13. kitchen/dining
14. bathroom 15. bedroom
Opposite: Floor plans Above: Model aerial view
project 4: re-presentation gesture drawing and photo collage arc 564 fall 2010 syracuse university This drawing course involves a series of studies which focus on a variety of issues related to architecture. Beginning with basic gesture drawing exercises, constructive drawing habits are developed and basic assumptions about the role of drawing in the design process are challenged. Gesture drawings focus on the re-presentation of space, which should communicate something about materiality, light and dark, directionality, facture and, ultimately, experience. The photographic joiners use the medium of photography to â€˜drawâ€™ in-between spaces at a variety of scales and continue to emphasize the issues raised in drawing exercises. Continued movement back and forth between these media, however, is the most essential part of the process. Both methods require the same level of observation and insight, and both help reinforce the need to visualize, edit, and reinterpret information in a meaningful way.
Above: Figure in space study, ink on paper Opposite: Clinton Square at dusk charcoal on paper
Above: Bike joiner #1 Opposite, left to right: Bike joiner #4 Interior hall, bicycle study black conte on paper
Above, left to right: Space between #1 Civic space #1 Opposite, left to right: Industrial forms #7, charcoal on paper Orange County Government Center # 12 charcoal on paper
project 5: profession
the great barn professional project, summer 2011 bialecki architects
Nestled into the hillside of an expansive pasture, this 8300 sf barn is intended for livestock and hay storage. Inspired in part by the Round Stone Barn at Hancock Shaker Village, this monumental dome-like structure is intended to be the first part of a larger master plan which will include a greenhouse and a pickling barn. Working directly alongside the principal architect, this is the first professional project I am primarily responsible for. From the beginning of the project, I worked directly with the principal architect through the design development phase, studying numerous variations on every aspect of the project. Once in the construction document phase, I was then also given the responsibilty of coordinating with the structural engineer on our dome-like tension and compression ring roof design. Educational and rewarding in countless ways, this programmatically simple project has provided me with the perfect opportunity to learn the basics of project management in the practice of architecture. All images for this project were created by myself, under the direction of the principal architect and primary designer, Matthew Bialecki.
Left: Proposed master plan Opposite: Presentation model
west elevation key: 1.entrance 2. livestock pens 3. hay mow 4. aisle 5. hay storage 6. loading area
plan 02 (rotated)
Above, Opposite: Presentation model
project 6: interruption a live/work community for artists boston, ma career discovery 2010 harvard gsd Balance and Interruption The site is the much-maligned Boston City Hall Plaza, located in the heart of downtown Boston. This project began with a careful site analysis through a variety of mapping exercises, first as a studio group and then on an individual basis. While a wide range of problems became readily apparent through these exercises, many of them result from a contextual feeling of imbalance which is insensitive with respect to human scale. The strategy for improving the spatial experience of Boston City Hall Plaza is to interrupt the existing condition by aggregating a module borrowed from the facade of city hall into the various program elements in a way that results in a more comfortable, human-scaled space that is both sensitive to the site and its occupants.
Above: Early study model Opposite: Rendering at street level
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Opposite, top to bottom: Photoshop collage sketches Spatial mapping exercise Above, left to right: Path and grid iterations Final study model
Above: Progress plans Opposite: Aerial rendering